Subject: Re: next68k port status?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Brian Willoughby <>
List: port-next68k
Date: 10/16/2003 15:02:07
[  Well, the first NeXT I owned came with a disk that was formatted (in
[  the sense of a FORMAT UNIT operation) with 1024-byte sectors - indeed,
[  I have that disk carefully set aside for use when experimenting with
[  other sector sizes (right next to a SCSI floppy I have that has
[  256-byte sectors).  How it got that way, I cannot say for sure; I got
[  it second-hand.  The previous owner was not much of a geek, and I doubt
[  he would have gone to any trouble to achieve that - but I do not know
[  how many other owners the machine may have had.

Who did you buy it from (maybe a private reply would be friendlier).

[  This was with NeXT's release 2.1; I've never used anything newer.

I think I'm one of the few original owners of NeXT hardware.  I do have a  
friend that is also an original owner.  His drive has 512 byte blocks, too.
We purchased our NeXT cube/dimension machines in the 2.0/2.1 days, but have  
upgraded through 3.3 or 4.2 (across four or five machines, now)

[  The machine was a cube, not a slab, and when I got it had a floptical,
[  which I approximately never used.

I'm being pedantic, I'll admit, but I suppose you mean the 256 MB  
Magneto-Optical drive.  NeXT did not make a "floptical," which is the term for  
an approximately 20 MB floppy with optical alignment to support the increase in  
density.  Very different technology from the Canon/IBM MO.

[  And in this respect it's no different from most NetBSD FFS filesystems,
[  which generally are 1k/8k.

Thanks.  My NewBSD info is weak, and I was wondering if this is true.

Brian Willoughby
Sound Consulting